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by mcgruff
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Impatient.... help!
Replies: 16
Views: 774

Re: Impatient.... help!

On the subject of weight loss, swimming & cycling are good ways to burn up fat with relatively low impact on your joints (compared to jogging eg). On a hilly 2.5hr ride yesterday I must have burned off almost 2,000kcal. When people talk about the benefits of cycling they'll mention cardiovascular fi...
by mcgruff
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Weighting a kayak...
Replies: 5
Views: 310

Re: Weighting a kayak...

Hard chine designs are known for low initial stability but good secondary stability. The low initial stability can make them feel unstable & precarious but it also has a positive side in that it also makes the boat respond less to chop coming from the side (once you're used to handling it). You migh...
by mcgruff
Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Pembrokeshire family kayaking?
Replies: 9
Views: 429

Re: Pembrokeshire family kayaking?

Cold water can be much more dangerous than people sometimes realise. http://www.ussartf.org/cold_water_survival.htm It's even worse for children. A higher surface area to body mass ratio means they lose heat more quickly than adults. The following article about the Gareloch tragedy in 2012 isn't qui...
by mcgruff
Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag
Replies: 15
Views: 590

Re: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag

@mcgruff. Rule #1 don't get seperated from the boat! Swimming is never an option. Certainly not in some of the west coast tidal streams. With a deckless ski reentry should be practiced until bombproof. If you doubt your ability to maibtain contact then get a leash and start to use it before things ...
by mcgruff
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag
Replies: 15
Views: 590

Re: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag

Apologies to the OP :) Maybe a mod could move this to a new topic? Thanks. Yes a solo trip and, hopefully, the adventure of a lifetime. My roll is very good for the first 180 degrees ;) However, I'm finding it hard to look beyond a surf-ski hybrid like the Epic V6 so that won't be an issue. There ar...
by mcgruff
Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag
Replies: 15
Views: 590

Re: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag

I'm planning an extended tour of the West of Scotland, Outer Hebrides etc. There would be lots of times when I'm much further than that offshore. I think I need to have a plan for the worst case of losing the boat ie get out of the water before you die of hypothermia, one way or another. Swimming ma...
by mcgruff
Sat Jun 01, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?
Replies: 13
Views: 781

Re: Do cockpit covers reduce fuel consumption?

I doubt it. With two kayaks on the roof, you won't be driving at high speed.

Probably the way you drive has a much bigger impact: accelerating gently, driving smoothly & anticipating your moves in the road ahead.
by mcgruff
Sat Jun 01, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag
Replies: 15
Views: 590

Re: Thermal rash vests vs windproof cag

Do you think you could double up two layers of thermocline? If it wasn't "summer use only" it looks like the ideal fabric. Easy to look after. Breathable. Most importantly you can swim in it. My emergency planning is focussed on getting out of cold water as fast as possible. Wouldn't like to try swi...
by mcgruff
Mon May 13, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water proof torch for sea caves
Replies: 8
Views: 694

Re: Water proof torch for sea caves

Another interesting IPX8 torch is the Thrunite TH10 v2. It's got a more focussed beam with a massive 300m throw (according to specs). A wider beam might be more useful in caves but a long throw can add a really important safety factor if you're navigating in the dark, at sea or on land. It can be th...
by mcgruff
Fri May 10, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale
Replies: 17
Views: 1575

Re: Gigha- A Cautionary Tale

If VHF & phone signals aren't reliable, maybe satellite is the answer and a new kind of PLB which can send "OK" signals as well as "SOS".
by mcgruff
Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Boats for Sheep
Replies: 3
Views: 441

Re: Boats for Sheep

After rescuing a fallen sheep we turned around and the perfect rescue craft had turned up,We did not call him and did not know where he came from and he was not a farmer, What are the chances !!!!!!!!! Was that Black Dougie, the notorious Galloway sheep rustler? If it's an open prison maybe they'll...
by mcgruff
Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Effective VHF Coverage
Replies: 23
Views: 760

Re: Effective VHF Coverage

Never actually owned a VHF radio but when I was looking into this I read somewhere that a "1/4 wave whip" (about 45cm long) can have a big effect on signal strength compared to a shorter, helical arial.
by mcgruff
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Werner paddle button jamming
Replies: 39
Views: 3214

Re: Werner paddle button jamming

Maybe there's a Breaking Bad solution. Apparently, SiO2 dissolves in sodium hydroxide.

So do you. So be careful.

Of course you'd have to check none of the materials used to make the paddle would be affected.
by mcgruff
Thu Apr 18, 2019 12:50 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter
Replies: 15
Views: 1357

Re: Paddling the Great Glen in Winter

I'm sorry to hear about your father.
by mcgruff
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Expedition Fast Sea Kayak Options?
Replies: 9
Views: 949

Re: Best Expedition Fast Sea Kayak Options?

PS: for training, you maybe also want to look at wing paddles. Surfski ergonomics (these are all surfski-hybrid designs) is all about knees-together leg-drive and good body rotation. The wing paddle is part of that. The way they grip the water seems to be particularly important for balance in the sk...
by mcgruff
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Best Expedition Fast Sea Kayak Options?
Replies: 9
Views: 949

Re: Best Expedition Fast Sea Kayak Options?

The Epic 16X is a similar kind of boat to the Taran. The trackmaster rudder is a little further forward which may have a small advantage.

Personally I think I'd go for the Epic V6, the surfski-cockpit version of the 16X. Haven't paddled one but I like the idea of easier launching in rough conditions.
by mcgruff
Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Should I get a Valley Sirona RM or a Zegul Arrow Play? (Nuka?)
Replies: 11
Views: 749

Re: Should I get a Valley Sirona RM or a Zegul Arrow Play? (Nuka?)

How about building your own traditional Greenland design?

Light weight & hard chines could be perfect if you want to explore the technical aspects of paddling.
by mcgruff
Thu Apr 04, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Shore Atlantic RM for surfing?
Replies: 2
Views: 380

Re: North Shore Atlantic RM for surfing?

The Epic V5 has a plastic option. The extra control of a surfski rudder could be nice for surfing. Although it's 14ft the hull design means the waterline is equivalent to longer boats with traditional, overhanging ends. For teaching, a beginner might find the open cockpit & drama-free capsize less i...
by mcgruff
Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Bungee deck nets. Yes or no?
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: Bungee deck nets. Yes or no?

Any real weight on deck could impede a roll - and also make a capsize more likely.

Not going to matter if it's just a few bits & pieces though.
by mcgruff
Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18
Replies: 10
Views: 1096

Re: Thoughts - Rockpool Taran 18

I'd also consider an Epic V6. For expedition-type use - ie when you might have to push on in less than ideal weather - I'd find it hard to argue against an open cockpit & easier launching/landing. The hybrid surfski designs would be a blast on a long downwind leg. The rudder is slightly further forw...
by mcgruff
Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Play the sea
Replies: 20
Views: 1228

Re: Play the sea

You are right Peter, the anas should never be over looked. I will add to my list and make sure I borrow one for a test drive. I'd love to spend some time in a hard-chine Greenland kayak. It's a kind of classic reference point to compare other boats to. Only thing I'm not sure about is if a dry suit...
by mcgruff
Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Water proof torch for sea caves
Replies: 8
Views: 694

Re: Water proof torch for sea caves

Olight H2R. IPX8. 150m max range which is probably about as good as you'll get with a wide beam headtorch. Uses an 18650 battery which can be charged via USB. Might be worth getting a spare battery. It seems to be a proprietary design - I guess to be compatible with the magnetic USB charging gizmo. ...
by mcgruff
Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Gigha Plan B
Replies: 10
Views: 744

Re: Gigha Plan B

There is a place in Argyll where you're guaranteed flat water no matter what the weather & tides are doing: The Crinan Canal :)

I love canals. They're so peaceful. Not quite the adventure you're looking for maybe!
by mcgruff
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: GPS
Replies: 34
Views: 3238

Re: GPS

Memory Map also sell a full set UK marine charts for £25, which is a real bargain. (They were £50 when I bought them). Thanks for the tip. Linux user here so I can't run the mac/windows desktop app: do you know if this will work solely on a tablet/phone or do you need the desktop app to manage the ...
by mcgruff
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: North Shore Atlantic rm vs Valley Etain 17.7 rm
Replies: 4
Views: 505

Re: North Shore Atlantic rm vs Valley Etain 17.7 rm

The Epic V6 has a very easy cockpit to get in and out of ;)

Also a ton of space: about 170l.

It looks like my ideal touring boat. If I don't end up buying one it'll be because I decided to build something similar.
by mcgruff
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^
Replies: 236
Views: 38700

Re: Shrike, a lightweight sea kayak for home construction.^

The white hull / natural wood deck looks very nice :)
by mcgruff
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1281

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

In a real emergency, making the best use of whatever is available just might give you a chance to survive.

I guess the hardest part is always psychological: being able to force yourself to think calmly and rationally even when you're freaking out.
by mcgruff
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Merino tops at TOPMAN £12 and £15
Replies: 5
Views: 558

Re: Merino tops at TOPMAN £12 and £15

First merino top I bought I wore for a whole week crossing the Monadhliath by bike, from Carrbridge to Fort Augustus (the last bit almost 750m downhill - one of the biggest in Britain). I was amazed that it didn't stink even a little bit at the end of that. (Assumes you wash twice a day: once when y...
by mcgruff
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: How much buoyancy do you need?
Replies: 26
Views: 1281

Re: How much buoyancy do you need?

PFD's are seen as an essential piece of kit but bobbing around in a buoyancy aid may not always be the best survival strategy. They certainly provide some protection against cold water shock. If you're gasping and thrashing around, a PFD could help keep your head above the surface and breathing. Mos...
by mcgruff
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:38 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Look for recommendations - drybags
Replies: 24
Views: 1202

Re: Look for recommendations - drybags

PVC can get quite stiff when cold. TPU doesn't. I think this is the material used by Ortleib. TPU is very abrasion resistant. The heavier fabrics will (obviously) last the longest but even the lighter ones should perform pretty well. You pays your money and takes your choice. TPU is even food-safe. ...